Fish Alberta – Wolf Lake

Wolves call the boreal forest around Wolf Lake home. The name and the surrounding area are evocative of the unspoiled nature, mature forest and striking scenery that visitors will find there.

The lake is popular for its simple, quiet and well-maintained campground, as well as other popular activities like berry picking, boating, swimming and water sports. The lake is slightly off the beaten path, and the only development on its shoreline is the campground and access road that were built in 1963. Continue reading

Alberta Fisheries Management – The Science of Fish

DSC05408Anglers in Alberta experience world-class fishing today, but this was not always the case.

Starting as early as the 1970s, Alberta’s sport fisheries declined to a shocking degree. Native trout like cutthroat trout and bull trout were rare catches in mountain streams. Lakes once famous for walleye and pike fishing were reduced to shadows of former quality. By the 1980s and 1990s, Alberta walleye fisheries were among the worst in North America; surveys at many lakes reporting 80 per cent of anglers catching nothing during a fishing trip. Angler numbers declined and with them went millions of dollars in lost economic activity. Continue reading

Fish Alberta – Wabamun Lake

‘Wabamun’ is the Cree word for mirror – It’s an apt name for the large, shallow, calm lake situated 60 kilometers west of Edmonton.

For generations, people living in Alberta have enjoyed Wabamun Lake’s natural beaches, beautiful wilderness and recreational opportunities.

For generations, Albertans have enjoyed swimming, sailing and fishing at Wabamun Lake

The area has three sailing clubs, multiple boat launches, and a provincial park. Surrounded by small communities such as Seba Beach, Rich’s Point, and Ascot Beach, Wabamun Lake attracts people for opportunities to go boating, sailing, swimming, wakeboarding and water skiing. Continue reading

New year, new fishing opportunities

2017 is a great year to get your family hooked on the Alberta fishing experience!

The 2017 Sportfishing Regulations come into force starting April 1 and with them come some new opportunities for recreational anglers in the province.

This decision was made based on several factors including data gathered from Fall Index Netting, information around fisheries management objectives and engagement with anglers and other interested members of the public. Continue reading

Mission Walleye Restoration Part 3 – Operation Stocking and Beyond

This is final part of a three part series. Check out part one and part two here.

Into the truckIn 2005, Fisheries Management in Lac La Biche commenced an intensive, complex and never attempted before program to restore the Lac La Biche walleye. This is the tale of collected walleye eggs and their journey to adulthood.

Oh, our tiny walleye grow up so fast! These little guys have travelled many kilometres in a very short time – these fish really do fly! Now it’s time to safely stock these tiny walleye into Lac La Biche. What comes next? Read on to find out.

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Mission Walleye Restoration Part 2 – Operation “No Small Fry”

This is part two of a three part series. Check out part one here.

In 2005, Fisheries Management in Lac La Biche commenced an intensive, complex and never attempted before program to restore the Lac La Biche walleye. This is the tale of collected walleye eggs and their journey to adulthood.

When we last left our newly fertilized walleye egg friends, fisheries management staff had successfully loaded them on the helicopter, their destination is the Cold Lake Hatchery.

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Mission Walleye Restoration Part 1- Operation “No Bad Egg”

This is part one of a three part series.

In 2005, Fisheries Management in Lac La Biche commenced an intensive, complex and never attempted before program to restore the Lac La Biche walleye. This is the tale of harvested walleye eggs and their journey to adulthood.

We start our story with a team of fisheries management staff. Transported to remote areas of the province referred to as Spawn Camps, they have been called on to help repopulate walleye in Lac La Biche – the mission – collect walleye eggs.

The following snapshot is of the base of one of the operations sites located on Brett Creek on the northwest side of Primrose lake.

Spawn Camp 1

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